|Born||Dana Lynne Goetz
May 6, 1964
Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||July 15, 1996
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||stroke after complications from diabetes|
|Other names||Dana Hill-Goetz|
Dana Hill (born Dana Lynne Goetz; May 6, 1964 – July 15, 1996) was an American actress and voice actress with a raspy voice whose childlike appearance limited her to playing adolescent roles into her thirties. Hill is best known for having played Audrey Griswald in National Lampoon’s European Vacation, and roles in Shoot the Moon and Cross Creek.
Early health issues
Dana Lynne Goetz was born in 1964 to Sandy Hill and Ted Goetz, a director of commercials. A diagnosis of Type I diabetes at an early age ended a promising athletic future. A 1982 article in People magazine reported that at age 10 Hill had placed third nationwide in the 880-yard run and fourth in the mile run. A few weeks later she collapsed on the track, which resulted in the diagnosis. The diabetes affected her height (at 18 she was 5' 0" and 82 pounds) and caused lifelong health complications.
Despite her father's strong discouragement, Hill’s initial work was in commercials (her first job was a 1973 commercial for the YMCA, spinning a basketball on her finger with then-Boston Celtics center Dave Cowens). However, to avoid the appearance of nepotism, she took her mother's maiden name as her stage name and devoted herself to acting as a career. She appeared in guest roles on such programs as Family before landing a major role on the 1981–1982 CBS series The Two Of Us as Gabrielle "Gabby" Gallagher. While filming this series the 17-year-old Hill would sometimes be pulled over by the police while driving to the studio, because she looked too young to drive.
Her breakthrough role was in the 1981 made-for-TV movie Fallen Angel. The 17-year-old Hill played 12-year-old molestation victim Jennifer Phillips, a role which earned her a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Television Special.
In 1982, Hill played Sherry Dunlap, the daughter of Albert Finney and Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon That same year, she played Frankie Addams, the lead character in the made-for-TV adaptation of The Member of the Wedding, co-starring with Pearl Bailey. In 1983 she starred with Rip Torn and Mary Steenburgen in the film Cross Creek, a semi-biographical story about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling; in real life, her character was a young boy.
In 1982 and 1983, Dana had two guest appearances in the TV series The Fall Guy. In season 1, episode 18 "Child's Play" she played a young girl called Libby. In season 2, episode 20 "P.S. I Love You" she had the role of 21-year-old stunt woman Cassie Farraday. In 1983 she made a guest appearance on Magnum, P.I. episode entitled Basket Case. She played a 13 yr old foster child," Willie", who joined Magnum's youth basketball team.
At age 19 she starred in a 1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special called Welcome Home, Jellybean, playing Geraldine "Jellybean" Oxley, a 12-year-old developmentally disabled girl whose parents remove their daughter out of an institution to experience a normal home life. The same year, she appeared in Shelley Duvall's 1980s children's TV series Faerie Tale Theatre, playing The Princess in an episode called "The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers."
In 1986, she had another role in the TV series The Fall Guy. In season 5, episode 20 "Tag Team" she played the role of "Loser".
In 1985, the producers of the 1983 movie National Lampoon's Vacation were looking to make a sequel, but Anthony Michael Hall declined to reprise his role as son Rusty Griswold, choosing instead to do the film Weird Science. The producers decided to recast the roles of both Griswold children, and so for National Lampoon's European Vacation, Hill was chosen to replace the original actress who portrayed Audrey, Dana Barron.
Beginning in 1987, she provided the voice for Scrappy, the orphan mouse, on eight episodes of Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures. She also provided the voice of Toots in the Pound Puppies episode, "The Bright Eyes Mob." She was Teddy-2 in Jetsons: The Movie (1990); from 1989-1991 she voiced Buddy on the animated children's television show Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, and in 1992-1993 was the voice of Max on Goof Troop. Her voice was featured as Jerry Mouse in Tom and Jerry: The Movie, and Charles Duckman in the Duckman TV series (until her death in 1996. Following her death, Pat Musick replaced Dana Hill as Charles). and numerous characters in the Nickelodeon show, Rugrats. She was also a semi-regular panelist on the 1990s version of To Tell the Truth.
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Hill slipped into a diabetic coma in May 1996 and suffered a massive paralytic stroke the following month. On July 15, 1996, Hill died at age 32. She was cremated and her ashes were given to a friend or relative.
|1982||Shoot the Moon||Sherry Dunlap|
|1983||Cross Creek||Ellie Turner|
|1985||Waiting to Act||Dana|
|1985||National Lampoon's European Vacation||Audrey Griswold|
|1990||Jetsons: The Movie||Teddy 2 (voice)|
|1991||Rover Dangerfield||Danny (voice)|
|1992||Tom and Jerry: The Movie||Jerry (voice)|
|1978||Mork & Mindy||Girl Scout||Episode: "Mork the Gullible"|
|1979||Paul Williams Show, TheThe Paul Williams Show||Debbie||TV film|
|1979||Featherstone's Nest||Courtney Featherstone||TV film|
|1979||French Atlantic Affair, TheThe French Atlantic Affair||Maggie Joy||TV miniseries|
|1980||$5.20 an Hour Dream, TheThe $5.20 an Hour Dream||Kim Lissick||TV film|
|1980||Kids Who Knew Too Much, TheThe Kids Who Knew Too Much||Foxy Cooper||TV film|
|1980||ABC Afterschool Special||Michelle Mudd||Episode: "What Are Friends For?"|
|1981||Fallen Angel||Jennifer Phillips||TV film|
|1981-1982||Two of Us, TheThe Two of Us||Gabrielle 'Gabby' Gallagher||Main role (20 episodes)|
|1982||Member of the Wedding, TheThe Member of the Wedding||Frankie Addams||TV film|
|1982||Fall Guy, TheThe Fall Guy||Libby||Episode: "Child's Play"|
|1983||Fall Guy, TheThe Fall Guy||Cassie Farraday||Episode: "P.S. I Love You"|
|1983||Magnum, P.I.||Willie||Episode: "Basket Case"|
|1983||Branagan and Mapes||Gussie Mapes||TV short|
|1984||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Geraldine 'Jellybean' Oxley||Episode: "Welcome Home, Jellybean"|
|1984||Silence of the Heart||Cindy Lewis||TV film|
|1984||Faerie Tale Theatre||Princess Amanda||Episode: "The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers"|
|1985||Faerie Tale Theatre||Guest Interviewee||Episode: "Grimm Party"|
|1986||Fall Guy, TheThe Fall Guy||Loser||Episode: "Tag Team"|
|1986||Picnic||Millie Owens||TV film|
|1986||Combat Academy||Sgt. Andrea Pritchett||TV film|
|1987||Pound Puppies||Toots / Colin (voice)||2 episodes|
|1987-1988||Mighty Mouse the New Adventures||Orphan Scrappy / Kid Mouse (voice)||Regular role (19 episodes)|
|1988||Flintstone Kids' Just Say No Special, TheThe Flintstone Kids' Just Say No Special||Stoney (voice)||TV film|
|1988||Adventures of Raggedy Ann & Andy, TheThe Adventures of Raggedy Ann & Andy||Raggedy Dog (voice)||TV series|
|1988||Fantastic Max||XS (voice)||Episode: "Cooking Mother's Goose"|
|1989||Marvin, Baby of the Year||Marvin Miller (voice)||TV short|
|1990||Sugar and Spice||Ginger||Regular role (7 episodes)|
|1990||Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears||Buddy Gummi (voice)||Episode: "Return to Ursalia"|
|1990-1991||Widget, the World Watcher||Kevin (voice)||Regular role (14 episodes)|
|1991||Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears||Buddy Gummi (voice)||Episode: "The Rite Stuff"|
|1991||Final Verdict||Francy||TV film|
|1991||Darkwing Duck||Tank Muddlefoot (voice)||Regular role (11 episodes)|
|1991||Legend of Prince Valiant, TheThe Legend of Prince Valiant||Young Valiant (voice)||Episode: "The Gift"|
|1991-1994||Rugrats||Various (voice)||Recurring role (8 episodes)|
|1992||P. J. Sparkles||Sparks (voice)||TV film|
|1992||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Foster Fenwick (voice)||Episode: "Too Hot to Handle"|
|1992||Goof Troop Christmas||Max Goof (voice)||TV film|
|1992-1993||Goof Troop||Max Goof (voice)||Main role (70 episodes)|
|1993||Bonkers||Timmy (voice)||Episodes: "Fistful of Anvils", "I Oughta Be in Toons"|
|1994||Sonic the Hedgehog||Princess Sally child (voice)||Episodes: "Blast to the Past" parts 1 & 2|
|1994||Beethoven||Timmy / Bully (voice)||2 episodes|
|1994-1997||Duckman||Charles (voice)||Main role (46 episodes)|
|1995-1996||What-a-Mess||Norton / Archbishop of Canterbury||TV series|
|1996||Hot Rod Dogs & Cool Car Cats||Hot Rod (voice)||Regular role (7 episodes)|
|1996||Adventures from the Book of Virtues||Joe Harper (voice)||Episode: "Work"|
|1996||Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, TheThe Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper||Wee Willie Winkle (voice)||1 episode|
- "Diabetes Has Slowed Her Growth but Not Her Talent — Dana Hill Is Big Enough to Shoot the Moon"
- Young Artist Award website
- Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures (TV Series 1987–1988) - IMDb
- Jetsons: The Movie (1990) - IMDb
- Adventures of the Gummi Bears (TV Series 1985–1991) - IMDb
- Goof Troop (TV Series 1992–1993) - IMDb
- Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992) - IMDb
- "Magnum, P.I." Basket Case (TV episode 1983) - IMDb